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THINGS TO LOOK FOR TODAY

INFORMAL CEREMONY: US Vice-President Al Gore and Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso will host an informal ceremony at 9:40 am in the GA Plenary Hall.

OPENING PLENARY: Ambassador Razali Ismail, President of the General Assembly, and Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, will address the opening Plenary, which will take place from 10:00-1:00 pm. The Plenary will also consider the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole. CSD-5 Chair, Dr. Mostafa Tolba (Egypt), will present a progress report on negotiations of the "Programme for Further Implementation of Agenda 21."

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE: The Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole is expected to meet from 3:00-6:00 pm, in Conference Room 3. After the election of officers, the Committee will hear statements from international organization representatives. A parallel meeting will conclude negotiations on the "Programme for Further Implementation of Agenda 21" and the draft political statement by Heads of State attending UNGASS. Consultations on cross-sectoral issues are expected to commence at 4:00 pm.